Common Sea Fans (<em>Gorgonia ventilina</em>) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Common Sea Fans (Gorgonia ventilina) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Photo: Chantal Collier

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Photo: Joe Marino

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Southeast Florida Reef News

New Fishing, Diving and Other Uses Project Coordinator

Jamie Monty
Acting Manager

Julio shore fishing off of Hutchinson Island this summer.
Julio shore fishing off of Hutchinson Island this summer.

On July 30, 2012, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP) promoted Julio Jimenez to be the new Fishing, Diving and Other Uses (FDOU) Project Coordinator. Julio received his Bachelor's degree in Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami (UM). While there, he interned and volunteered in a wide range of marine-related programs, and was named the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Volunteer of the Year for the Jacksonville District for 2011. Julio became part of the FDEP CRCP Team in September 2011, serving as the Program Assistant. He is currently working towards his Masters degree in Marine Affairs and Policy from UM, and as part of his thesis, he is editing and completing the Land Based Sources of Pollution (LBSP) Technical Advisory Committee’s (TAC) white paper on the impacts of LBSP on southeast Florida’s coral reefs. When he finds the time, Julio also actively participates in various offshore fishing tournaments out of Miami-Dade County. 

Julio will be responsible for coordinating and planning the Management Options Identification Process, which is the next major step for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI), and will require communication and planning among the SEFCRI Team, partner agencies, and stakeholders. He will also be coordinating the ongoing Fisheries-Independent Assessment taking place throughout the southeast Florida region, which will be the first holistic effort to look at fish populations throughout the entire Florida Reef Tract.

Please join us in congratulating Julio for his new role in leading the FDOU Team. He can be reached at 305-795-1221 or at julio.jimenez@dep.state.fl.us



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